Fort Foote Civil War Ruins

EASY 13 reviews
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Fort Foote Civil War Ruins is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Washington, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
206 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Civil war bunkers, cannons, building and views! The perfect Civil war park without the crowds. Plenty of huge cannons to defend Washington on the Potomac river entry. Lots of cannon emplacements, interpretive signs, and real civil war bunkers! The ammo dump is currently off limits. There are great water views with a building by the water, and a short half mile hike to a view of the bridge crossing to Alexandria. This park is definitely a hidden jewel.

15 days ago

Nice views of the water. Saw some deer. Civil War cannons. But, a lot of trash on the river.

9 months ago

Mosquitos! Swarms of mosquitos!

10 months ago

Decent trails for a quick quiet walk. I went with my dog in the middle of the day on Saturday, and didn't see another soul. Much more peaceful than the packed trails at Great Falls with the same breeze from being next to the water, and not too strenuous. No outstanding views or waterfalls, but you can peek over the edge down to the river to see some boats and and see National Harbor in the distance. Planes fly over head regularly which made for some cool pictures. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of glass on the trails headed down to the water. We didn't have any issues, but I think I'd be more cautious bringing my dog next time.

10 months ago

Cool piece of history in the woods. Whoever made the map is fantastic

Saturday, January 07, 2017

not so fun

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Peaceful but lots of trash

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ruins are fun to explore. This park feels somewhat forgotten, and there were many elements about it that seemed rather creepy.

There are a lot of barely-used trails here so, despite its small size, there's a lot of potential to explore.

Great views of DC and VA.

Easy hike for children, though perhaps best to avoid some of the more overgrown areas.

The Potomac washes up a lot of trash on the beach, which can be either sad or interesting, depending on your mindset.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

5 stars for the great civil war ruins and cannons!

10 months ago

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Monday, August 15, 2016